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Senior wide receiver Jacob Heinemeyer (Shiocton, Wis.) and Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty were recognized as co-offensive player of the year and co-head coach of the year, respectively, as the Northern Athletic Conference released its 2009 football awards.
Heinemeyer totaled 803 receiving yards and caught nine touchdowns for the Muskies. His 149.2 all-purpose yards per game were tops in the NAC and ranked 28th overall in the nation. Heinemeyer shared the award with Concordia Chicago quarterback Mike Marotta.
Lakeland won six of seven games conference games en route to its first NAC championship and the second NCAA Div. III Tournament bid in school history. This is the second conference championship the Muskies have won under Doherty. He shared top coaching honors this season with Concordia Chicago coach Lonnie Pries.
Lakeland placed a league-high 16 players on the all-conference list.
Joining Heinemeyer on the NAC first-team were sophomore running back Jeremy Williams, junior wide receiver Roberto Flores, junior offensive lineman Aaron Kraemer and junior defensive back Keith Woodson.
Williams (Zion, Ill.) had a breakout year after being shut down the previous two seasons due to injury. The physical running back ran for 759 yards and five touchdowns on 203 carries.
Flores (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the conference with 11 touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 956 yards. His 231 receiving yards against Benedictine set a new Lakeland record for total receiving yards in a game.
Kraemer (Oshkosh, Wis.) anchored the left side of the offensive line for Lakeland, a unit that helped the offense rank second in the NAC with 330.7 yards per game and 26.5 points per game.
Woodson (Evanston, Ill.) was named to the first-team defense for the second consecutive year. He led the Lakeland defense with three interceptions for 18 yards and finished the season with 18 tackles.
Lakeland placed eight players on the second-team: quarterback Jake Dworak (DePere, Wis.), fullback Adam Miller (Marion, Wis.), tight end Eric Zuelsdorf (Cedar Grove, Wis.), offensive lineman Ben Stellmacher (Waukesha, Wis.), defensive lineman Josh Gordon (Pontiac, Mich.), linebacker Jamie Schramm (Cuba City, Wis.), defensive back Joey O'Brien (Cary, Ill.), and kick returner Justin Laack (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.).
Earning honorable mention honors were: defensive lineman Kellen Grott (New Holstein, Wis.), linebacker Will Baldwin (Waukegan, Ill.) and defensive back Tony Faller (Oostburg, Wis.).